Friea Berg, Manager – Virtualization Solutions Marketing
While virtualization is most often associated with greater efficiency, it also plays a critical role in centralizing and simplifying HA/DR. Virtualization can make it cost-effective to invest in fault-tolerant hardware features plus opens the door to a variety of advanced clustering and replication technologies offered by NetApp and Microsoft.
That said … features and technologies are great, but what IT teams want to know whether they can run apps like Exchange, SQL Server and SharePoint in a virtual environment and maintain 100% uptime regardless of hardware and software failures. They want to know the impact of losing a primary site and having to failover to a remote site. And they want to know that they can failover reliably, and then failback when the time comes. The bar of success for customers is clear. It’s the SLA for enterprise applications that keeps business moving.